Father Michel reveals why he doesn't take everything in the Bible literally.
The Bible is not just a history book, or a science book. It is what they call "a book of life". It was written by many people in various periods of time and in many different styles. Not everything in the Bible can be proved scientifically, but you will find there is a red line about the existence of God, about His presence, about God coming ever closer to people until Jesus himself is born on earth and brings us to God.
But if the story are not to be taken literally, aren't they simply fiction?
I think a good example is the story of Creation. We know that the world took more than seven days to come into existence, but that doesn't make the Creation story a fiction. It is more like a poem, with much deeper meaning. So if you ask whether you believe everything, I would say "yes". But in the right sense of the word! Not everything on every page in the Bible happened literally in the way it was written. But still every Bible text tells you something very precious about God, about man, about our relationship with God.
So how can we read, for example, the story of Jonah?
If we take the example of the story of Jonah, who ran away from the task God had given him. This story is not so much a historical or scientific description of events, but is's an underlining of the way in which God cares for His people even when we run away from Him and when we hide, when we avoid our tasks. So that brings me to an invitation to you, to believe in the central message of the Bible, and not to be distracted by the seemingly incredible details. And instead to recognize the love of God for all and His desire for you to answer to His love.